We need you to make at the most 3 phone calls and write 3 emails.
The PRIME Act (H.R. 2814) has been reintroduced. The Prime Act will make it easier for small farms and ranches to serve consumers. And would give individual states freedom to permit intrastate distribution of custom-slaughtered meat such as beef, pork, or lamb to consumers, restaurants, hotels, boarding houses, and grocery stores.
“Consumers want to know where their food comes from, what it contains, and how it’s processed. Yet, federal inspection requirements make it difficult to purchase food from trusted, local farmers,” said Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky). “It is time to open our markets to give producers the freedom to succeed and consumers the freedom to choose.”
“More and more, consumers want to know where their food is coming from, especially after the pandemic exposed break downs in our supply chains," said Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine). "A farmer in Maine shouldn’t have to drive hours to get to a USDA-inspected processing facility when other safe options are available. The bipartisan PRIME Act will make it easier for local farms to compete with big meat companies and make locally raised livestock processing more widely available. This bill will address the needs of communities in a way that supports them by allowing America’s family farms to do what they do best – feed their neighbors.”
Current law exempts custom slaughter of animals from federal inspection regulations, but only if the meat is slaughtered for personal, household, guest, and employee use (21 U.S.C. § 623(a)). This means that in order to sell individual cuts of locally raised meats to consumers, farmers and ranchers must first send their animals to one of a limited number of USDA-inspected slaughterhouses. These USDA-inspected slaughterhouses are sometimes hundreds of miles away from farms and ranches, adding substantial transportation costs and increasing the chances of locally raised meat co-mingling with industrially-produced meat. The PRIME Act would expand the current custom exemption and allow small farms, ranches, and slaughterhouses to thrive.
We need your US representative to co-sponsor the Prime Act sponsored by Thomas Massey of Kentucky.
Email and then call.
Call at least once but you can also call more often until they show as a sponsor or their office tells you he or she will not be a co-sponsor.
*If your representative is already a co-sponsor no need to contact them.
We need your US Senators to co-sponsor the Prime Act
Companion legislation (S. 907) https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/senate-bill/907 by Senators Angus King (I-ME), Rand Paul (R-KY)
If you do not know who your US senators are click here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm
Every state only has two contact both of them.
* If your senators ( remember you have 2) are already a co-sponsor no need to contact them.
Rep. Biggs, Andy R-AZ-
Rep. Bishop, Dan R-NC
Rep. Burchett, Tim R-TN
Rep. Boebert, Lauren R-CO
Rep. Cloud, Michael R-TX
Rep. Davidson, Warren R-OH
Rep. Duncan, Jeff [R-SC
Rep. Gaetz, Matt R-FL
Rep. Golden, Jared F. ME
Rep. Gosar, Paul A. R-AZ
Rep. Green, Mark E. [R-TN
Rep. Greene, Marjorie Taylor R-GA
Rep. Hageman, Harriet M. R-WY
Rep. Huffman, Jared D-CA
Rep. Leger Fernandez, Teresa D-NM
Rep. Mace, Nancy R-SC
Rep. Pingree, Chellie D-ME
Rep. Rosendale Sr., Matthew M. R-MT
Rep. Roy, Chip R-TX
Rep. Salazar, Maria Elvira R-FL
Rep. Smucker, Lloyd R-PA
Rep. Spartz, Victoria R-IN
Rep. Tenney, Claudia R-NY
Rep. Tokuda, Jill N. D-HI
Rep. Good, Bob R-VA
Rep. McClintock, Tom R-CA
Rep. Tiffany, Thomas P. R-WI
Rep. Valadao, David G. R-CA
Rep. Brecheen, Josh [R-OK
Rep. Perry, Scott R-PA
Rep. Courtney, Joe D-CT
Rep. Cline, Ben R-VA
Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]*
Sen. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND]*
Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT]*
Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND]*
Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN]*
Sen. Lummis, Cynthia M. [R-WY]*
Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR]